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  • Brandon Knight (ankle) questionable Sunday
    Brandon Knight (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: Knight went through a pretty strenuous practice on Saturday and said that he feels like his explosion is back. The Suns desperately need to beat the Thunder to stay alive in the playoff hunt, so there is a good chance that Knight gives it a go. He will likely be a game-time decision again tonight, so his owners will want to check back for an update before activating him in lineups. If Knight is unable to play, Marcus Morris will be the primary beneficiary while Archie Goodwin will see more minutes as well.
    28 minutes ago
    6:00 pm vs OKC
  • DeJuan Blair (personal) out again on Sunday
    DeJuan Blair (personal) will not be available for Sunday's game vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: This will be his third straight game away from the team and it's still unclear when he will return. Blair wasn't in the rotation anyways, so his absence won't make an impact in fantasy leagues. Leave Blair on the wire.
    Today, 9:15 am
  • Richard Jefferson will start vs. IND Sunday
    Richard Jefferson will start in place of Monta Ellis (calf) vs. the Pacers on Sunday.

    Advice: Ellis doesn't have a timetable to return, meaning Jefferson could get some decent run down the stretch for the Mavericks. In 11 previous starts this season Jefferson has posted averages of 10.5 points, 5.5 boards and 1.8 3-pointers, so he is certainly worth a look in most leagues.
    Today, 9:12 am
  • Monta Ellis (calf) will not play vs. Pacers
    Monta Ellis (calf) has officially been ruled out of Sunday's game vs. the Pacers, and Richard Jefferson will draw the start at shooting guard.

    Advice: Ellis had played in 237 consecutive games before the injury, so it's obviously a huge blow for his owners who are in the middle of fantasy playoffs. Ellis is off crutches, but he is still in a lot of pain and doesn't have a timetable to return. We will update his status once we know more, but the Mavericks will probably proceed with caution. Jefferson is worth a look in deeper leagues for owners in need of short-term value, while Rajon Rondo and Devin Harris will likely see a boost in value as well with the added responsibility on offense.
    Today, 8:58 am
    4:00 pm @ Ind
  • J.J. Barea (ankle) will not play on Sunday
    J.J. Barea (ankle) will not be able to play vs. the Pacers on Sunday.

    Advice: The Mavericks desperately could have used Barea tonight with Monta Ellis (calf) out of commission, but instead they will have to lean on Rajon Rondo, Devin Harris, Richard Jefferson and Raymond Felton. This will be Barea's fourth consecutive game on the sidelines, and considering he is still experiencing soreness in his ankle, the Mavericks won't be in a hurry to rush him back.
    Today, 8:54 am
    4:00 pm @ Ind
  • Dwight Howard (knee) will play on Sunday
    Dwight Howard (knee) will play on Sunday vs. the Wizards, but he will not play vs. the Raptors on Monday.

    Advice: Howard isn't cleared to play in back-to-back sets, so there are no surprises here. Howard will be limited to 20 minutes vs. the Wizards, and even though he isn't a must-start player he should be able to produce enough points, boards and blocks to make an impact in most leagues. Just keep in mind that his free throw shooting is a major liability in standard leagues.
    Today, 8:48 am
  • Dwight Howard (knee) questionable Sunday
    Dwight Howard (knee) will either play on Sunday vs. the Wizards or Monday vs. the Raptors according to head coach Kevin McHale.

    Advice: Howard will warm up and see how he feels before making a decision, so we should have another update in the next hour. Howard will be limited to 20 minutes if he does play, so most owners should probably keep him on their bench for now. If Howard decides to sit this one out, Josh Smith and Joey Dorsey will have their hands full in the frontcourt while Trevor Ariza will probably have to play some stretch four as well. Stay tuned.
    Today, 8:25 am
  • David West and Rodney Stuckey will play Sun
    David West (illness) and Rodney Stuckey (calf) will play vs. the Mavericks on Sunday.

    Advice: West missed Thursday's game vs. the Bucks due to an allergic reaction, but he is good to go and is expected to resume his normal role with the first unit. West can safely be activated in all lineups, while Luis Scola will return to the bench and can be dropped in most leagues.
    Today, 8:11 am
  • Garrett Temple (hamstring) out again Sunday
    Garrett Temple (hamstring) will not play vs. the Rockets on Sunday.

    Advice: Temple still isn't practicing and he is probably looking at some additional time on the sidelines. He wasn't a fantasy asset even when he was healthy, so he belongs on the waiver wire in just about all leagues.
    Today, 8:06 am
  • Kris Humphries (groin) will not play Sunday
    Kris Humphries (groin) will not play vs. the Rockets on Sunday.

    Advice: He hasn't played since Feb. 26 and he remains without a timetable to return. Kevin Seraphin and Drew Gooden will continue to see a few extra minutes off the bench, but both players are not options in standard leagues. Humphries can be dropped everywhere until he is cleared to play.
    Today, 8:06 am
  • Hassan Whiteside upgraded to questionable
    Hassan Whiteside (hand) has been upgraded to questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Pistons.

    Advice: He has missed the last two games with a nasty laceration in his hand that required 10 stitches, but the Heat desperately need his size vs. Andre Drummond and the Pistons. Whiteside will likely be a game-time call, so his owners will have to be on alert for an update. Whiteside belongs in all lineups if he is cleared to play, while Udonis Haslem, Henry Walker and Michael Beasley will all benefit if he is unable to give it a go. For what it's worth, there is still no word on whether or not Chris Andersen will be able to play Sunday, so the Heat may have to get creative with their rotations.
    Today, 6:57 am
    3:00 pm vs Det
  • Mavericks preparing to be without Monta Ellis
    The Mavericks are preparing for Sunday's game vs. the Pacers with the expectation that Monta Ellis (calf) will not be able to play.

    Advice: "We're going to have to make up for his loss collectively," head coach Rick Carlisle said in regards to replacing Ellis. "You don't lose your best offensive player and have one guy who can step up and make the difference. The whole group's got to step forward. So we got our work cut out for us." Carlisle also said that they won't rush Ellis back from injury, so it's safe to say that he is probably looking at some time on the shelf. Rajon Rondo and Devin Harris will be busy in the backcourt vs. the Pacers, while J.J. Barea (ankle) is also hopeful that he will be able to return from injury Sunday.
    Today, 6:40 am
    4:00 pm @ Ind
  • Enes Kanter has no regrets about comments
    Enes Kanter said after Saturday's loss to the Jazz that he has no regrets over his comments about his former team.

    Advice: "No, if I was to take back, I would just say it, right? That’s how I felt and I’m not taking nothing back," Kanter said. "I still care about them, I still care about a few of my teammates." Head coach Scott Brook wasn't happy with Kanter's attitude during the introductions when he seemingly kept edging the crowd on, but Brooks said he would deal with the issue internally. Regardless, Kanter will be eager to move on from this and will look to help the Thunder boost their playoff chances by taking care of business vs. the Suns on Sunday.
    Today, 6:29 am
  • Nuggets still interested in Brook Lopez
    If Brook Lopez opts out of his contract this summer and becomes an unrestricted free agent, the Denver Nuggets could pursue him again.

    Advice: The Nuggets tried to obtain Lopez before the trade deadline, but the Nets' asking price was too high and they weren't willing to absorb JaVale McGee's contract. Lopez has certainly boosted his stock this season and he will be in a for a huge payday as long as he avoids injury. This will be a story that we will monitor very closely in the offseason, but Jusuf Nurkic's upside next season would be limited if Lopez came to town.
    Today, 6:16 am
  • Cameron Bairstow returned to action on Saturday March 28.
    Yesterday, 11:26 pm
  • Pero Antic returned to action on Saturday March 28.
    Yesterday, 11:25 pm
  • Dion Waiters scores just three points in loss
    Dion Waiters scored just three points on 1-of-4 shooting in a loss to the Jazz on Saturday, adding two boards, two assists and one steal in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Waiters had scored in double digits in each of his last four games, so this was a frustrating line for any owners relying on him tonight. Waiters is still locked into a starting role moving forward with Andre Roberson on the shelf, and he will have a chance to bounce back vs. the Suns on Sunday. That being said, he is far from a must-own player in standard leagues.
    Yesterday, 9:53 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge scores 32 points in win
    LaMarcus Aldridge stayed hot against the Nuggets on Saturday during a 120-114 win, making 13-of-20 from the field for 32 points with 11 rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He carried his team on Friday in a big win at Phoenix and the Blazers have won all three games since LMA returned from a finger injury on Wednesday. They still only have the fifth-best record in the Western Conference, but they should be able to lock down the No. 4 seed because they should win their division. Aldridge and the Blazers get four games this week with three on national TV, too (Suns, Clippers and Lakers).
    Yesterday, 9:52 pm
  • Arron Afflalo scores 21 points vs. Nuggets
    Arron Afflalo scored 21 points against the Nuggets on Saturday with five rebounds, two assists, two steals and one 3-pointer on 8-of-11 from the field.

    Advice: Revenge game? Afflalo didn't really have beef with Denver, but this was a very, very overdue positive showing. His two steals and 21 points were the most he's produced in a Blazer uniform. We'll need to see it again, especially considering he's been posting some single-digit usage rates this month.
    Yesterday, 9:48 pm
  • Damian Lillard is in a mini slump right now
    Damian Lillard made 4-of-11 from the field for eight points with three boards, 10 assists, one steal and three turnovers in 30 minutes against the Nuggets on Saturday.

    Advice: He's in a slump. He made just 4-of-15 from the field on Friday and tonight was just his third game without a trey on the season. On the bright side, the Blazers are on a three-game winning streak. He also had four fouls in a game for just the third time in 2015. His fantasy owners will get a four-game week starting on Monday, assuming they were able to withstand the Lillard drought this week.
    Yesterday, 9:44 pm
  • Steven Adams grabs 14 boards Saturday
    Steven Adams grabbed 14 boards vs. the Jazz on Saturday, adding five points, two assists, one steal and one block in 23 minutes.

    Advice: Adams briefly went to the locker room after a hard fall, but he quickly returned and didn't appear to be limited. He is reportedly still experiencing some pain in his elbow, but foul trouble was the reason for the low minutes tonight. He has slowed down in his past two games, but with averages of 9.4 points, 10.8 boards, 1.2 steals and 0.8 blocks over his last five, he is still worth owning in most leagues.
    Yesterday, 9:38 pm
  • J.J. Hickson plays 26 minutes in start
    J.J. Hickson played 26 minutes in a start against the Blazers during a 120-114 loss on Saturday, scoring nine points with eight boards, two assists and three steals.

    Advice: Danilo Gallinari (rest) didn't play tonight, but Hickson only picked up four minutes from his Friday game. He's not a great player to add in most leagues for poor foul shooting and not much contribution to the defensive stats. The Nuggets are off until Wednesday and only play three games between now and Wednesday Apr. 8. That's not good.
    Yesterday, 9:36 pm
  • Will Barton scores 12 off the bench
    Will Barton scored 12 points on 6-of-8 from the field against the Blazers on Saturday with seven boards, three assists, one steal and one block in 25 minutes.

    Advice: He was known as Will the Thrill and the People's Champ in Portland as one of the fan favorites and he was quite comfortable tonight. Plus, he did the ol' inbounds pass of an opponent and was able to get an easy dunk. Barton is doing a fine job of adding multiple stats for his fantasy owners, but it's going to sting to have him on your roster because the Nuggets are off until Wednesday while tons of teams will play two games in that span.
    Yesterday, 9:33 pm
  • Talk is cheap: Enes Kanter scores 18 in loss
    Enes Kanter failed to lead the Thunder past his former team on Saturday, scoring 18 points with 11 rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 34 minutes.

    Advice: He had some pretty brutal comments about the Jazz prior to the game tonight, and the home crowd certainly let him hear it throughout the game. Rudy Gobert won the matchup tonight, but Kanter still deserves some credit for the way he has been playing for the Thunder. Kanter is averaging an impressive 21.5 points and 12.3 boards over his last four games, and while he still doesn't produce assists, blocks or steals on a consistent basis, he should be locked in a must-start player in all leagues down the stretch.
    Yesterday, 9:32 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic plays 19 minutes vs. Blazers
    Jusuf Nurkic played 19 minutes off the bench against the Blazers on Saturday, scoring 10 points on 5-of-5 from the field with one rebound and one steal.

    Advice: Joffrey Laurvergne came off the bench before Nurkic tonight, but he was still able to get some minutes. It looked like Nurkic was going to be unleashed with two big games last weekend in 27.5 minutes per game, but he's seen his playing time cut back. We still like him as a hold, but he's not completely undroppable because he's off until Wednesday.
    Yesterday, 9:31 pm
  • Jameer Nelson gets hot late, scores 22 points
    Jameer Nelson scored 22 points against the Blazers on Saturday with two rebounds, five assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 25 minutes.

    Advice: With Danilo Gallinari (rest) out, most of the Nuggets players moved up a position -- shooting guard to a small forward and so forth. That allowed Nelson to play next to Ty Lawson a little more, which has been happening more often. Nelson has scored at least 12 points in each of his last four and he's on the radar in deeper leagues.
    Yesterday, 9:29 pm
  • Randy Foye scores 17 points vs. Blazers
    Randy Foye scored 17 points with one assist, one steal and four 3-pointers in 23 minutes against the Blazers on Saturday.

    Advice: He scored just 14 points combined in his previous two games, but he really turned it around. Foye has been a must-own player in standard leagues thanks to his output in treys and coach Melvin Hunt has been playing him somewhat consistently.
    Yesterday, 9:28 pm
  • Gordon Hayward scores 17 in win Saturday
    Gordon Hayward shot just 4-of-16 from the field on Saturday with four turnovers, but he still managed to finish with 17 points, five boards, five assists, two steals and two blocks in 38 minutes.

    Advice: This was Hayward's second game back since missing two consecutive games with a shoulder injury, so his owners should give him a pass for the poor shooting. The good news is that Hayward played 38 minutes tonight, and it doesn't appear that he will miss any more action due to his shoulder. Deploy him with confidence.
    Yesterday, 9:13 pm
  • J.J. Hickson will draw the start on Saturday
    J.J. Hickson will draw the start vs. the Blazers on Sunday.

    Advice: Danilo Gallinari is taking the night off in order to get some extra rest, but it's definitely surprising to see the Nuggets go with Hickson over Jusuf Nurkic. Hickson might flirt with a double-double vs. his former team, but he still belongs on the wire outside of deeper leagues.
    Yesterday, 6:54 pm
  • Enes Kanter says he misses the mountains
    Enes Kanter said on Saturday that the only thing he misses in Utah is the mountains.

    Advice: "I don't want to make no comments on them, but I think, after I went to OKC, I was like 'Oh man, this is how NBA teams [are],'" Kanter said. "Everything there is just professional. Everything they do is for the players. You just only focus on basketball." Well, the boo birds are going to be flocking to Utah tonight. Plus, Rudy Gobert will probably guard Kanter on several possessions. It should be fun.
    Yesterday, 11:20 am
  • David West (illness) probable for Sunday
    David West (illness) is probable for Sunday's game vs. the Mavericks.

    Advice: West missed Thursday's game vs. the Bucks due to an allergic reaction, but he should be ready to roll in a tough matchup with the Mavericks. Check back after shootaround just to be safe, but West's owners can go ahead and pencil him into lineups. Luis Scola will head back to the bench and can be dropped in most leagues.
    Yesterday, 10:13 am
  • J.J. Barea (ankle) questionable for Sunday
    J.J. Barea (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: He has been sidelined for the past three games, but he has already said that he is hopeful to return on Sunday. Barea's presence off the bench would be crucial if Monta Ellis (calf) sits this one out, but he is still only worth a look in deeper leagues. If Barea can't go, expect Rajon Rondo and Devin Harris to log heavy minutes vs. the Pacers.
    Yesterday, 9:19 am
    4:00 pm @ Ind
  • Monta Ellis (calf) is doubtful to play Sunday
    Monta Ellis (calf) is considered very doubtful to play vs. the Pacers on Sunday according to head coach Rick Carlisle.

    Advice: Ellis has played in 237 consecutive games and is easily one of the most durable players in the NBA, but it is highly unlikely that he plays. Ellis was still using crutches on Saturday and obviously isn't going to practice, but we should have another update after shootaround Sunday. Rajon Rondo and Devin Harris would be extremely busy if Ellis ends up sitting this one out, while the Mavericks are also hoping that J.J. Barea (ankle) will be able to return Sunday. For what it's worth, Ellis won't have an MRI until at least Monday when the team returns to Dallas, and while Carlisle is concerned, he doesn't expect the injury to be too serious.
    Yesterday, 9:18 am
    4:00 pm @ Ind
  • Nurkic grounded in Friday's win over UTA
    Jusuf Nurkic was grounded on Friday against the Jazz, logging 11 minutes with just three points and three rebounds to show for it.

    Advice: Nurkic looks like he came back from his ankle injury too soon and it appears to have derailed a promising last third of the season. With an unfavorable schedule, the only folks that should be sniffing a stash are those in desperate need of a big man.
    Friday, 11:56 pm
  • Nelson stays on heater; scores 18 points
    Jameer Nelson's heater continued on Friday as he hit 7-of-10 shots (including four threes) for 18 points, one rebound and three assists in just 22 minutes on Friday.

    Advice: Nelson has shot a ridiculous 52.1 percent over the last 15 games and that has made him a late-round value over that span, but when he plays lately he's even better than that because he's averaging 2.8 treys per game over the last six contests. Rest and shooting regressions threaten his value nightly, but especially if you need point guard stats and threes he's well worth a look.
    Friday, 11:54 pm
  • Barton double-doubles off the bench
    Will Barton double-doubled off the bench on Friday, scoring 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting (including two threes) with 10 rebounds and two assists in just 20 minutes.

    Advice: Barton continues to hang onto late-round value in his low-minute role and it's enough to keep throwing kindling on the fire. If he can see some key guys ahead of him call it an early season, there is potential for him to post some really active lines. On the other hand, the Nuggets finish the fantasy playoffs with a pair of three-game weeks so that is working against him.
    Friday, 11:51 pm
  • Hayward (shoulder) returns, produces vs. DEN
    Gordon Hayward (shoulder) returned from a two-game absence in Friday's loss to the Nuggets, scoring 24 points on 9-of-19 shooting (1-of-7 3PTs, 5-of-6 FTs) with seven rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Hayward looked fine and made it through the game unscathed at least as far as the postgame reporting indicates. If Derrick Favors misses any time with his back injury, you'll see Hayward get a few more touches.
    Friday, 11:48 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge scores 27 points vs. Suns
    LaMarcus Aldridge hit a few wild shots against the Suns during an 87-81 victory on Friday, scoring a game-high 27 points with nine rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 35 minutes.

    Advice: The Suns did a decent job on defense, but Aldridge was just knocking down contested shots. He made all six shots from the field in the fourth quarter for 15 points in that frame. Aldridge doesn't appear to be bothered by an index finger injury that kept him out of action on Tuesday, so his fantasy owners can keep him locked and loaded for Saturday because coach Terry Stotts isn't a fan of resting players. In his three previous games against the Nuggets, LMA averaged 26.3 points and 3.0 blocks per game, so his owners should have high hopes.
    Friday, 11:44 pm
  • Jefferson (back) returns to action on Friday
    Richard Jefferson (back) returned to action on Friday in a seven-minute outing.

    Advice: Jefferson had just one rebound and one assist and he needs to produce before owners should pay him any attention.
    Friday, 11:23 pm
  • Monta (calf) left locker room on crutches
    Updating an earlier item, Monta Ellis (calf) left the locker room on crutches and as we passed along earlier he will be evaluated on Saturday.

    Advice: Crutches can be used as a precautionary measure but it's certainly not good to hear. Ellis is one of the toughest players in the league and doesn't miss games, but the Mavs may be able to convince him that it would be necessary in advance of the playoffs. Rajon Rondo (seven points, five boards, five assists, one steal) and Chandler Parsons (nine points, six boards, two assists, three steals, one trey) would be beneficiaries if he misses any time.
    Friday, 11:20 pm
    4:00 pm @ Ind
  • Dwight Howard scores 18 in 20 minutes
    Dwight Howard played 20 minutes against the Wolves on Friday, making 8-of-9 from the field for 18 points with four rebounds, two steals and one block.

    Advice: All eight of his makes came off an assist and most of those were as the roll man in a pick-and-roll. Howard is not going to play in back-to-back sets, so he's going to miss either Sunday or Monday. On the nights he plays, he should be worth starting as long as you're fine with him not making free throws.
    Friday, 11:10 pm
  • Monta Ellis dealing with a right calf injury
    Monta Ellis was kneed in the right calf and coach Rick Carlisle said he doesn't know what the extent of the injury is.

    Advice: "We'll see how he feels in the morning and go from there," Carlisle said. It sounds like he's dealing with a leg contusion, which has occurred an inordinate amount of times this season. Ellis is one of the toughest dudes in the NBA, so he might not need to miss time. If he does, it'll be Devin Harris, Richard Jefferson and Chandler Parsons filling in the most for Monta.
    Friday, 8:16 pm
    4:00 pm @ Ind
  • Monta Ellis suffers lower right leg injury
    Monta Ellis suffered a right leg injury on Friday night and will not return.

    Advice: He was getting looked at on the bench before going to the locker room. It's unknown what the extent of the injury is for Monta, but he's usually very durable and this is a little bit of a surprise to see he's unlikely to return. He may be re-evaluated on Saturday. Ellis left the game with 10 points, two boards, one assist and one steal. With Monta out, expect Devin Harris and Chandler Parsons to step up. There's also been a Raymond Felton sighting tonight.
    Friday, 7:19 pm
    4:00 pm @ Ind
  • Brandon Knight won't play on Friday night
    Brandon Knight (ankle) will not play against the Blazers on Friday night.

    Advice: He and warming up don't get along. Tonight is the second game in a row in which he warmed up and couldn't play. With Knight out, it'll be Marcus Morris and Archie Goodwin getting most of the playing time.
    Friday, 6:44 pm
    6:00 pm vs OKC
  • Brandon Knight warming up without brace
    Brandon Knight (ankle) is warming up without a brace for Friday's game against the Blazers.

    Advice: That's usually a good sign that he'll play, but nothing is official. We should have another update shortly. He is likely to come off the bench and take minutes away from Archie Goodwin and Marcus Morris. Stay tuned.
    Friday, 5:46 pm
    6:00 pm vs OKC
  • Richard Jefferson will play vs. Spurs
    Updating a previous item, Richard Jefferson (back) will play on Friday.

    Advice: An earlier report had RJ as out, but he'll give it a go. He is not in the rotation every night, so chances are his minutes will be limited tonight. Keep him on the wire.
    Friday, 4:09 pm
  • Richard Jefferson (back) out on Friday night
    Richard Jefferson (back) will not play against the Spurs on Friday.

    Advice: He was hopeful to play tonight after shootaround, but apparently something has changed. Expect more minutes from Chandler Parsons and Al-Farouq Aminu.
    Friday, 2:56 pm
  • Garrett Temple (hamstring) out Friday vs. CHA
    Garrett Temple (hamstring) will remain sidelined for Friday's game vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: Temple still hasn't been able to practice, so he doesn't seem close to making a return. He belongs on the waiver wire in all leagues.
    Friday, 2:27 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge is probable vs. Suns
    LaMarcus Aldridge (finger) is probable to play against the Suns on Friday.

    Advice: He played on Wednesday and Aldridge is fully expected to play even in road game during a back-to-back set. Aldridge didn't have success against the Suns his last time out with a 19-point game on 38.9 percent shooting, so he should be much better tonight.
    Friday, 11:48 am
  • Gordon Hayward (shoulder) looks like a go
    Gordon Hayward (shoulder) participated in shootaround on Friday and is probable to play against the Nuggets.

    Advice: He needed two games out of the lineup and should be ready to roll tonight. With Rodney Hood out, there should be more opportunity for Hayward to produce at a high level. Expect less output from Joe Ingles and Trey Burke tonight.
    Friday, 11:11 am
  • Brandon Knight (ankle) a game-time decision
    Brandon Knight (ankle) will be a game-time decision for Friday's game vs. the Trail Blazers.

    Advice: Knight has missed the past seven games, so if he is able to go, he'll likely have his minutes held in check, as his conditioning is likely not where it needs to be. Owners will need to check back for another update closer to tip-off, but with 13 games being played tonight, Knight is not necessarily a must-start guy in standard leagues. Stay tuned.
    Friday, 11:02 am
    6:00 pm vs OKC
  • Steven Adams (elbow) says he'll play Saturday
    Steven Adams (elbow) was a full participant during Friday's practice, and he said he will play Saturday vs. Utah.

    Advice: Adams said that his elbow hurts and he's a bit banged up, but that won't stop him from suiting up for Friday's game. He will however draw a very tough matchup against an imposing Utah frontcourt, and he's coming off a game in which he was only able to put up four points and four rebounds, so it'll be interesting to see if he can bounce back during that one. If he stinks again, owners in standard leagues should probably consider sending him back to the wire.
    Friday, 10:49 am
  • Pero Antic (neck) may not play Friday vs. MIA
    Pero Antic (stiff neck) may not suit up for Friday's game vs. the Heat.

    Advice: If Antic is unable to go on Friday, look for Elton Brand and Mike Muscala to pick up most of his reserve minutes, although neither of those guys can be relied upon to produce in most leagues.
    Friday, 10:27 am
  • J.J. Barea (ankle) hopeful to play Sunday
    J.J. Barea (ankle) said he is hopeful he'll be able to return to the lineup for Sunday's game vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: We'll be considering Barea questionable for that one, and it'll be Devin Harris as the primary beneficiary for however long Barea is out. Harris is averaging 8.9 points, 2.1 assists, and 1.1 three-pointers through the month of March, so he can be viewed as a low-end option in deep leagues.
    Friday, 10:00 am
    4:00 pm @ Ind
  • Richard Jefferson (back) will try to play Fri
    Richard Jefferson (back spasms) said he is feeling better and he will try to play Friday vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: Jefferson isn't a major part of the rotation with Chandler Parsons healthy, so owners in standard leagues should not be concerned whether he plays or not. If he's unable to go, look for Al-Farouq Aminu to pick up most of his reserve minutes.
    Friday, 9:57 am
  • DeJuan Blair (personal) will not play Friday
    DeJuan Blair is away from the team for personal reasons, and he will not play Friday vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: Blair's role with the Wizards is negligible, so there aren't any fantasy implications with him out. He has no business being owned in any league.
    Friday, 9:25 am
  • Kris Humphries (groin) out Friday vs. CHA
    Kris Humphries (groin) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. the Hornets, as expected.

    Advice: Kevin Seraphin and Drew Gooden will continue to split Humphries reserve minutes, but neither guy is worth owning in standard leagues. With no clear return date in site for Humphries, he belongs on the waiver wire in all leagues.
    Friday, 9:23 am
  • Dwight Howard to see around 20 minutes Friday
    Dwight Howard said he'll have his minutes limit increased to 20 for Friday's game vs. the Timberwolves.

    Advice: 20 minutes may actually be enough time for Howard to rack up some decent statistics against a weak Minnesota frontcourt, so he's someone to consider deploying as a low-end option in very deep leagues. However, the minutes limit, horrendous free throw shooting, and the fact he'll be sitting out of back-to-back sets makes Howard a tough guy to own in standard leagues.
    Friday, 8:59 am
  • Hassan Whiteside (hand) out Friday vs. ATL
    Hassan Whiteside (hand) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: Whiteside's injury couldn't have come at a worse time for fantasy owners battling their way through the playoffs, and he could be looking at an extended absence, as he's currently unable to rebound, block shots, or catch a basketball. We'll be considering him on the doubtful side of questionable for Sunday's game vs. Detroit, and if he's again unable to go, it'll be Chris Andersen (calf) and Udonis Haslem picking up the slack for a Miami frontcourt that has been decimated by injuries. Stay tuned.
    Friday, 8:47 am
    3:00 pm vs Det
  • LaMarcus Aldridge returned to action on Wednesday March 25.
    Thursday, 7:46 pm
  • David West (illness) out against the Bucks
    David West (illness) will not play against the Bucks on Thursday.

    Advice: He is dealing with an allergic reaction and it's unknown if this has anything to do with his Friday illness that caused him to play just 12 minutes. With West out, Luis Scola will step in and get most of the minutes at power forward. The Pacers will also likely count on the rest of their starting five to pick up more of the scoring burden.
    Thursday, 4:07 pm
  • Gordon Hayward (shoulder) probable Friday
    Gordon Hayward (shoulder) is being listed as probable for Friday's game vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: Hayward spent the past two games on the sidelines, but it appears he'll be able to return to the lineup on Friday for a favorable matchup against the Nuggets. With Hayward back, Elijah Millsap and Trey Burke would be candidates to head back to the bench. Check back for another update on Hayward's status closer to Friday's tip.
    Thursday, 3:29 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside (hand) doubtful for Friday
    Hassan Whiteside (hand) is being listed as doubtful for Friday's game vs. Atlanta

    Advice: Udonis Haslem stepped up in a big way on Wednesday with Whiteside unavailable, putting up 12 points, 12 rebounds, and three steals through 38 minutes of action, so he'll be worth a look on Friday if Whiteside can't go. Beasley on the other hand only managed to log 14 minutes with minimal contributions to the stat sheet, so he's not a great guy to target in Hassan's absence.
    Thursday, 2:25 pm
    3:00 pm vs Det
  • Hornacek hopeful Knight (ankle) can play Fri.
    Suns' head coach Jeff Hornacek said he is hopeful that Brandon Knight (ankle) will be able to return to the lineup for Friday's game vs. Portland.

    Advice: Knight was running sprints, and played some one-on-one during Thursday's practice, and the Suns are currently listing him as the dreaded game-time decision. Owners will need to check back closer to Friday's tip, but if he is able to go, Marcus Morris' run with the starting unit will more than likely come to an end. Stay tuned.
    Thursday, 12:47 pm
    6:00 pm vs OKC
  • Richard Jefferson (back) questionable Friday
    Richard Jefferson (back spasms) is being listed as questionable for Friday's game vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: Jefferson isn't a major rotation player for Dallas, so his absence won't mean much. Expect Al-Farouq Aminu to pick up most of his reserve minutes if he is indeed unavailable, but Aminu can't be viewed as a viable option in standard leagues.
    Thursday, 12:44 pm
  • J.J. Barea (ankle) out Friday vs. San Antonio
    J.J. Barea (ankle) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: With Barea unavailable, Devin Harris will have the opportunity for some extended minutes. Harris is averaging 8.9 points, 2.1 assists, 1.1 three-pointers and 0.8 steals per game through the month of March, so his value is limited to deep leagues.
    Thursday, 12:41 pm
    4:00 pm @ Ind
  • Temple (hamstring) gets up shots at practice
    Garrett Temple (hamstring) was spotted getting up some shots following Thursday's practice.

    Advice: Temple was not able to practice on Thursday, and has been out since March 9, so we'll be considering him doubtful for Friday's game vs. Charlotte. With season averages of just 3.9 points on 40.0 percent shooting from the field, he belongs on the waiver wire in all leagues.
    Thursday, 12:08 pm
  • Kris Humphries (groin) doesn't practice Thurs
    Kris Humphries (groin) was unable to practice on Thursday.

    Advice: Humphries was spotted going through a lot of individual work on Thursday, but his absence from practice would suggest he's doubtful for Friday's game vs. Charlotte. If he's unable to go, Drew Gooden and Kevin Seraphin will continue to split his reserve minutes. Seraphin can be viewed as a shot-blocking specialist in extremely deep leagues, while Humphries belongs on the waiver wire in all leagues.
    Thursday, 12:03 pm
  • Dwight Howard (knee) probable Friday vs. MIN
    Dwight Howard (knee) is being listed as probable for Friday's game against Minnesota.

    Advice: There's no reason to think that Dwight won't play Friday after he returned from a two-month absence on Wednesday without experiencing any setbacks. He will however be with a minutes limit, so he's by no means a must-own guy in standard leagues.
    Thursday, 11:44 am
  • Monta Ellis denies problem with Rajon Rondo
    Despite reports of dissension in the Mavs' locker room, Monta Ellis said he has no problems with Rajon Rondo.

    Advice: While the Rondo-Ellis pairing ranks 148 out of 149 Mavericks pairings this season, according to Basketball Reference, Ellis insists the duo can do great things together. "There’s no problem [with Rondo]," Ellis said. "Rondo is a great asset on both ends of the floor. It takes a while for the player to really get adjusted to a new system, new personalities, figuring out where guys want the ball. I think it’s going to work out for the best for us once we get over the hump." Ellis broke out of his slump in a big way against the Spurs on Tuesday night and will have a chance to continue that trend when the Mavericks play the Spurs again on Friday.
    Thursday, 9:01 am
    4:00 pm @ Ind
  • Dion Waiters scores 14 in start
    Dion Waiters, who was benched for the start of the second half on Tuesday, started for the Thunder on Wednesday and had 14 points, a steal and two 3-pointers on 5-of-11 shooting.

    Advice: Waiters' line was actually pretty decent due to the final score of 130-91 looking more like an old-school Globetrotters' score over the Washington Generals, instead of a meeting of two of the West's better teams. With Andre Roberson down and out, Waiters should continue to get plenty of starts and run from here on out.
    Wednesday, 11:53 pm
  • Steven Adams a dud in ugly loss
    Steven Adams hit just 2-of-5 shots for four points and four rebounds in Wednesday's brutal 130-91 loss to the Spurs.

    Advice: He played just 22 minutes in as ugly of a blowout as you'll see and the Spurs suddenly look like one of the hottest teams in the league. We're going to tell you to stick with Adams for now, but it is a bit concerning that he was said to have suffered a hip injury in Tuesday's game. We're guessing he bounces back on Saturday against the Jazz.
    Wednesday, 11:47 pm
  • Will Barton doesn't play in the fourth
    Will Barton did not play in the fourth quarter against the 76ers on Wednesday, finishing with six points, five rebounds, one block and one turnover in 22 minutes.

    Advice: He wasn't the worst player on the team tonight and coach Melvin Hunt likely just went with some other guys down the stretch. It didn't work with the 76ers winning the fourth quarter 27-9, so at least Barton has that going for him. He should get some extra minutes with the Nuggets having a back-to-back set this weekend.
    Wednesday, 11:32 pm
  • Randy Foye plays 34 minutes in return
    Randy Foye played 34 minutes against the 76ers on Wednesday with five points, three rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: If Randy Foye gets 34 minutes in the second half of the season, he's usually more like Randy Moss because he's straight cash, homey. Before missing Sunday due to an illness, he played at least 30 minutes in his previous three games. He's worth owning in standard leagues.
    Wednesday, 11:26 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic plays just seven minutes
    Jusuf Nurkic played just seven minutes against the 76ers on Wednesday with two points, three rebounds, one assist and one block.

    Advice: He did not play in the fourth quarter and there's been no word on why -- Brian Shaw didn't magically appear on the sidelines, though. Nurkic was getting some big minutes before with 27.5 per game over his last two, so we're still against cutting him after a dud like this one. He should be owned in all leagues for his high ceiling.
    Wednesday, 11:22 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge looks good in return
    LaMarcus Aldridge returned from a finger injury on Wednesday and had 19 points, nine rebounds and a block on 7-of-18 shooting.

    Advice: Not bad at all, especially considering that owners of Nicolas Batum were tortured by seeing him in street clothes. Aldridge said after the game that his hand is still in pain, but not enough that it will prevent him from playing. Aldridge has truly been a warrior this season, playing through injury after injury.
    Wednesday, 11:13 pm
  • Dwight Howard plays 16 minutes in return
    Dwight Howard returned from a two-month absence during a win against the Pelicans on Wednesday, playing 16 minutes for four points, seven rebounds, two assists and one block.

    Advice: He was playing four-minute stints and also committed four fouls. Howard is not expected to play in back-to-back sets and should have a minutes cap for a few more games. He's not a must-own player due to his awful foul shooting and upcoming DNPs.
    Wednesday, 10:34 pm
  • David West double-doubles vs. Wizards
    David West double-doubled against the Wizards on Wednesday with 10 points, 11 rebounds, one steal and one turnover.

    Advice: He missed both shots from the line, but at least this was a step up from what he's been doing. West is still getting minutes excluding the one 12-minute game on Friday due to an illness, so he should be fine going forward. He'll get the Bucks on Thursday. For what it's worth, West has played well on games with no days rest.
    Wednesday, 8:34 pm
  • Brook Lopez torches Hornets for 34 & 10
    Brook Lopez took advantage of the poor defense (and the sore knee) of Al Jefferson and went off for 34 points, 10 rebounds, two steals and three blocks in Wednesday's win over Charlotte.

    Advice: The Hornets needed this game, but Bro-Lo was just too much. It wasn't a season high, nor was it even his best game of the season, which came on Jan. 30. But he's cooking right now, scoring 31 or more in three of his last four games, while averaging 26.6 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.8 blocks on 63 percent shooting over his last five - just in time for the playoffs. It doesn't seem right that the Bro-Lo owner is likely cruising through the playoffs, but he's playing well enough to carry teams right now.
    Wednesday, 8:12 pm
  • Brandon Knight (ankle) out on Wednesday
    Brandon Knight (ankle) will not play against the Kings on Wednesday.

    Advice: He tried to warm up and just couldn't give it a go. Knight will have a chance to play on Friday and should be owned in all leagues now that he's close to a return. Marcus Morris will have another game to produce while Archie Goodwin may also help out more.
    Wednesday, 7:04 pm
    6:00 pm vs OKC
  • Brandon Knight (ankle) could miss Wednesday
    Brandon Knight (ankle) could miss Wednesday due to his troublesome ankle injury.

    Advice: He was hoping to play, but Knight didn't respond well to his ankle injury. We should have another update on his status momentarily.
    Wednesday, 6:12 pm
    6:00 pm vs OKC
  • LaMarcus Aldridge (finger) will start vs. Jazz
    LaMarcus Aldridge (finger) will start against the Jazz on Wednesday night.

    Advice: He only needed one game on the sidelines after saying he was going to take his time coming back. This is a very important game for the Blazers against one of the better teams since the break. The Jazz have shut down a slew of power forward, but it'll be interesting to see how LMA does given his different style of play. He's obviously worth starting in all leagues.
    Wednesday, 5:52 pm
  • Gordon Hayward (shoulder) out Wednesday
    Gordon Hayward (shoulder) will not play vs. the Blazers on Wednesday.

    Advice: This will be his second straight game on the sidelines, and there is still no indication on when he will be able to return. We will go ahead and consider him questionable for Friday's game vs. the Nuggets, but the Jazz will likely err on the side of caution if Hayward isn't 100 percent. Trey Burke will draw the start vs. the Blazers and should be very busy on offense, so owners in daily leagues should give him strong consideration. Rodney Hood (illness) is also out tonight, meaning Elijah Millsap and Joe Ingles should see some increased run as well.
    Wednesday, 4:26 pm
  • Kris Humphries (groin) won't play vs. Pacers
    Kris Humphries (groin) will sit out again vs. the Pacers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He hasn't played since Feb. 26 and it's anyone's guess when he'll return to action, though it's somewhat encouraging that he's traveling with the team. Nene, Drew Gooden and Kevin Seraphin will continue to play a few extra minutes in Humphries' absence.
    Wednesday, 3:24 pm
  • DeJuan Blair (personal reasons) out Wednesday
    DeJuan Blair (personal reasons) will not play vs. the Pacers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Presumably he could return to action vs. the Hornets on Friday, though his whereabouts aren't of much importance to fantasy owners.
    Wednesday, 3:06 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside (right hand) officially out
    Hassan Whiteside (hand) will not play against the Celtics on Wednesday.

    Advice: He needed 10 stitches to his hand and could miss Friday's game against the Hawks. With Chris Andersen also up in the air, we could see a lot of Michael Beasley and Udonis Haslem tonight. Expect to see a ton of small-ball lineups with Henry Walker also getting some run at the four. Whiteside's fantasy owners will have to assess their situation and determine whether or not he's worth stashing.
    Wednesday, 3:04 pm
    3:00 pm vs Det
  • Hassan Whiteside not listed as starter vs BOS
    Hassan Whiteside (hand) is not listed with the starters against the Celtics on Wednesday.

    Advice: As of right now, it is Goran Dragic, Dwyane Wade, Luol Deng, Michael Beasley and Udonis Haslem. Whiteside arrived to the arena with his hand heavily wrapped, so it looks like he won't play after needing 10 stitches on Tuesday. His owners should be making other plans.
    Wednesday, 2:46 pm
    3:00 pm vs Det
  • LaMarcus Aldridge, Nic Batum are questionable
    LaMarcus Aldridge (finger) and Nicolas Batum (back) are questionable to play against the Jazz on Wednesday.

    Advice: There is an improvement here with the pair being listed as doubtful for Tuesday. Aldridge did not play in that game and he's also said he's not looking to rush back, but he certainly could come back tonight or Friday. His fantasy owners shouldn't be too optimistic for his status in a late game. Dorell Wright started on Tuesday, but coach Terry Stotts might play the matchup against Derrick Favors and go with Meyers Leonard in the starting lineup.
    Wednesday, 12:06 pm
  • Brandon Knight hoping to play on Wednesday
    Brandon Knight (ankle) is hoping to play against the Kings on Wednesday and will likely be a game-time decision.

    Advice: If Knight does play, he will likely come off the bench to keep his ankle loose. Once he does come back, Marcus Morris would lose some playing time along with guys like Archie Goodwin, T.J. Warren and A.J. Price. Knight should be stashed in all leagues with his imminent return.
    Wednesday, 11:04 am
    6:00 pm vs OKC
  • Kris Humphries (groin) doubtful for Wednesday
    Kris Humphries (groin) is doubtful to play vs. the Wizards on Wednesday.

    Advice: He has been on the shelf since Feb. 26 and his recovery has been unusually slow, so we would be surprised if he managed to play tonight. We will know more closer to tip-off, but Humprhies still belongs on the wire in most leagues. Drew Gooden and Kevin Seraphin will continue to see a slight uptick in minutes off the bench if Humprhries can't play.
    Wednesday, 10:35 am
  • Gordon Hayward (shoulder) still doubtful Wed
    Gordon Hayward (shoulder) was unable to go through shootaround on Wednesday, and he is still considered doubtful to play vs. the Blazers.

    Advice: Hayward has been pretty durable throughout his career, but he is in danger of missing his second straight game. His owners should have a backup plan ready, as the Jazz will likely err on the side of caution if Hayward isn't feeling up to the task. With Rodney Hood out with an illness, Joe Ingles and Elijah Millsap will be busy on the wings, while Trey Burke will have to step up on offense off the bench.
    Wednesday, 10:21 am
  • Dwight Howard (knee) will start Wednesday
    Dwight Howard (knee) will be in the starting lineup on Wednesday vs. the Pelicans according to head coach Kevin McHale, but he will be on a minutes limit.

    Advice: Howard won't see any more than 16 minutes tonight, but after spending the past two months in street clothes, his owners will just be glad to have him back. His owners will probably want to keep Howard on the bench until he gets his legs under him, but he should be able to provide plenty of points, boards and blocks in the near future. Joey Dorsey will return to the bench and shouldn't have been owned in most leagues anyway. We will let you know how Superman's knee holds up after the game.
    Wednesday, 10:01 am
  • Hassan Whiteside (hand) doubtful Wednesday
    Hassan Whiteside (hand) is listed as doubtful for Wednesday's game vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: Whiteside needed 10 stitches and couldn't feel his hand after leaving Tuesday's game vs. the Bucks, so this isn't that surprising. Chris Andersen is dealing with a left calf injury and is considered questionable, meaning the Heat could potentially be shorthanded once again. Michael Beasley is expected to draw the start alongside Udonis Haslem in the frontcourt if Whiteside can't play, so owners in daily leagues should give him a look. Expect another update closer to tip-off.
    Wednesday, 9:22 am
    3:00 pm vs Det
  • Will Barton would like to remain a Nugget
    Will Barton is hoping to stick around with the Nuggets beyond this season.

    Advice: "No doubt," Barton said. "I think we can build something here. We have a lot of good talent, a good organization, coaching staff is good. I can see us building and having a strong future here. We can grow together." The Nuggets can extend Barton a qualifying offer in the summer that estimates to be around $1.1 million, and if he accepts it would make him a restricted free agent. Barton has played well in Denver and is averaging 10.2 points, 4.6 boards, 2.2 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.0 3-pointer in just over 26 minutes per game over his last five, making him a viable asset in deeper leagues.
    Wednesday, 7:23 am
  • Monta Ellis says that he is finally healthy
    Monta Ellis said after Tuesday's game vs. the Spurs that he has battled several injuries all season, but he is finally healthy and is ready to make some noise down the stretch.

    Advice: "I've been battling injuries all season," Ellis said. "The last few days, my body has been feeling good and tonight I'll sleep real good. I went and worked out last night for at least two and a half hours. I wanted to come in tonight and give my team a lift that they have been looking for." Ellis exploded for 38 points vs. the Spurs Tuesday after being held to just 11 points on 4-of-22 shooting vs. the Suns on Sunday, so hopefully this is a sign that his slump is over. There have been some reports that Ellis has created some unrest in the Mavericks' locker room, but a couple of wins will likely give everyone in Dallas a solid morale boost.
    Wednesday, 6:26 am
    4:00 pm @ Ind
  • Damian Lillard's 29 pts aren't enough Tuesday
    Damian Lillard scored a team-high 29 points vs. the Warriors on Tuesday, sinking 9-of-21 FGs and 5-of-5 FTs with six 3-pointers, seven rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block.

    Advice: Lillard is shooting just 43.3 percent in March, but he's still averaging 20.3 points and 2.1 triples. He'll be leaned on even more if LaMarcus Aldridge (finger) and Nicolas Batum (back) miss any more games, so fantasy owners can sleep soundly with Lillard locked into their lineups.
    Tuesday, 10:51 pm
  • Mavs beat Spurs behind Monta Ellis' 38 points
    Monta Ellis bounced back after a disastrous game on Sunday, finishing Tuesday's impressive win vs. the Spurs with 38 points on 16-of-27 shooting with two 3-pointers, five assists and two steals.

    Advice: He shot a combined 7-of-31 in his previous two contests and almost single-handedly lost Sunday's game vs. the Suns, so it was a relief to see him score three quick buckets to get himself rolling tonight. The 29-year-old Ellis hasn't missed a game all season, which is remarkable given how much contact he takes every night, and he's rewarding 8-cat owners with top-40 value.
    Tuesday, 9:06 pm
    4:00 pm @ Ind
  • Steven Adams plays through hip/thigh injury
    Steven Adams may have aggravated a right hip/thigh injury during Tuesday's game, but he continued playing and had 16 points, 10 boards, three assists and two steals in an easy win vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: Adams made 5-of-6 FGs and 6-of-6 FTs with just one turnover, rounding out a terrific fantasy performance. He's been dealing with a hip/thigh injury for much of the season but it hasn't cost him any games, and for now we're leaving him off the injury report. He's emerged as a steady fantasy big man in Serge Ibaka's absence and now has four straight double-doubles, forming a formidable frontcourt duo with Enes Kanter (six straight double-doubles).
    Tuesday, 8:32 pm
  • Enes Kanter drops 25 & 16 w/ four assists
    Enes Kanter steamrolled the Lakers on Tuesday, posting 25 points (10-of-15 FGs, 5-of-5 FTs), 16 rebounds, four assists and one steal in just 28 minutes.

    Advice: He faced a frontcourt of Tarik Black and Ryan Kelly, so it's not shocking that Kanter scored as though he were the only player on the court. His offensive role is rock solid with both Serge Ibaka and Kevin Durant out of commission, and he's making the most of his opportunity -- over OKC's past six games, Kanter is racking up 21.2 points and 12.2 rebounds, while making 56.5 percent FGs and 88.5 percent FTs.
    Tuesday, 8:31 pm
  • Dion Waiters stays hot w/ 23 points vs Lakers
    Dion Waiters was benched to start the second half of Tuesday's game, but he got hot offensively and finished with 23 points on 10-of-16 shooting, two 3-pointers, four rebounds, four assists and only one turnover in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Anthony Morrow took Waiters' spot with the starters and remains the more valuable fantasy option, regardless of where he begins Wednesday's game in San Antonio. Waiters has been hot offensively over his past few games, however, and is worth plugging into lineup until he cools off. OKC is starting to gain some breathing room as the No. 8 seed in the West, pulling two games ahead of the idle Suns with tonight's 127-117 home win.
    Tuesday, 8:31 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside can't feel his right hand
    Hassan Whiteside said that he has no feeling in his right hand after he was forced to leave Tuesday's game vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: "I can’t feel my hand at all right now," Whiteside said. "We’ll see how it feels tomorrow and go day-to-day." Whiteside suffered a laceration that cost him 10 stitches, but hopefully his hand feels better in the morning. We should know more about his status after shootaround, but his owners go ahead can consider him questionable to play vs. the Celtics on Wednesday. If Whiteside can't play, Michael Beasley and Chris Andersen would both be in line for an uptick in minutes, though neither player is worth a look outside of deeper leagues.
    Tuesday, 8:16 pm
    3:00 pm vs Det
  • LaMarcus Aldridge, Nicolas Batum out Tuesday
    LaMarcus Aldridge (finger) and Nicolas Batum (back) will not play vs. the Warriors on Tuesday, and Alonzo Gee and Dorell Wright will shift into the starting lineup.

    Advice: Aldridge is dealing with some swelling and wasn't able to move his hand properly after leaving Saturday's game vs. the Grizzlies. He also recently said that he won't rush back from injury, so he should be considered doubtful for Wednesday's game vs. the Jazz. With Kaman and Batum also out tonight, Joel Freeland, Dorell Wright and Meyers Leonard should get plenty of opportunities in the frontcourt, while Alonzo Gee and C.J. McCollum could be in line for more minutes on the wing. However, this is the Blazers we are talking about, so nothing is off the table at this point.
    Tuesday, 7:28 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside (cut on hand) won't return
    Hassan Whiteside suffered a laceration on his right hand that required 10 stitches, and he will not be able to return to Tuesday's game vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: This is incredibly frustrating news for Whiteside's owners, as he was well on his way to a fantastic all-around game. Whiteside will probably do everything he can take the floor against Kelly Olynyk and the Celtics Wednesday, but we should be able to provide further details shortly. Michael Beasley started the second half for the Heat, and he will likely see the biggest boost in minutes along with Chris Andersen if Whiteside is forced to miss any action.
    Tuesday, 6:29 pm
    3:00 pm vs Det
  • Richard Jefferson leaves w/ stiff lower back
    Richard Jefferson will not return to Tuesday's game due to back spasms and lower back stiffness.

    Advice: The 34-year-old may need a few days to let his back fully recover, so we're considering him questionable to play vs. the Spurs on Friday. If he can't suit up, expect Al-Farouq Aminu to pick up the most extra minutes, with some help from Charlie Villanueva.
    Tuesday, 6:11 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside (hand) leaves game Tuesday
    Hassan Whiteside briefly left Tuesday's game vs. the Bucks with an apparent cut on his left hand and he should be able to return.

    Advice: He is likely getting his hand patched up right now and we hope to see him back out on the court soon. We should have another update momentarily.
    Tuesday, 6:03 pm
    3:00 pm vs Det
  • Aldridge, Batum, Kaman still doubtful Tuesday
    LaMarcus Aldridge (finger), Nicolas Batum (back) and Chris Kaman (shoulder) will all "most likely" not play on Tuesday, according to Terry Stotts.

    Advice: All three guys are listed as doubtful to face the Warriors and fantasy owners should prepare to be without them. Meyers Leonard gains the most if Aldridge is forced to sit out, with Joel Freeland and Dorell Wright also helping to fill the void at PF. None of them are appetizing fantasy players, however, especially in a tough matchup with Golden State.
    Tuesday, 5:50 pm
  • Jameer Nelson not worried about hip injury
    Jameer Nelson expressed little concern when asked about the hip injury that's been bothering him lately.

    Advice: Nelson only missed one game with the injury, so it doesn't sound like it's going to be a major issue moving forward. However, with the Nuggets in full rebuilding mode, it would be far from shocking to see the veteran handed out some random rest days here and there as the Nuggets close out their season. Nelson has been playing well lately, but playing in a reserve role behind Ty Lawson will really limit his value to deeper leagues.
    Tuesday, 4:04 pm
  • Gordon Hayward (shoulder) doubtful Wednesday
    Gordon Hayward (shoulder) is being listed as doubtful for Wednesday's game vs. Portland.

    Advice: This injury couldn't come at a worse time for owners fighting to make it through the playoffs, but with player development now being prioritized over winning in Utah, the Jazz are not going to rush Hayward back from an injury. If he is unable to go on Wednesday, Joe Ingles would get another game with the starting unit, while Derrick Favors would be asked to step up as the main-man on offense. Trey Burke would also see his shot attempts rise with Hayward on the sidelines. Owners can expect to get another update on Hayward following Wednesday morning's shootaround, so stay tuned for that.
    Tuesday, 2:56 pm
  • Dwight Howard (knee) upgraded to questionable
    Updating a previous report, Dwight Howard (knee) has been upgraded to questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: All signs are pointing towards Dwight returning to action on Wednesday, and we'll be monitoring this situation closely. He will, however, more than likely have a minutes cap, so owners should not be expected a 20-20 game when he returns to the floor after spending the past two months on the sidelines.
    Tuesday, 1:30 pm
  • Randy Foye (flu) expected to play Wednesday
    Randy Foye (flu) was a full participant during Tuesday's practice, and he is expected to be available for Wednesday's game vs. the 76ers.

    Advice: If Foye is able to go on Wednesday, he'll likely cut into the minutes of Jameer Nelson (hip) and Will Barton, while Garry Harris may fall out of the rotation entirely. Foye has played very well since the All-Star break with averages of 11.3 points, 3.0 assists, and 2.4 three-pointers per game, and he's well worth owning in standard leagues for his ability to light up the 3-point category.
    Tuesday, 1:21 pm
  • Brandon Knight (ankle) questionable Wednesday
    Brandon Knight (ankle) practiced on Tuesday, but remains questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Kings.

    Advice: Head coach Jeff Hornacek said that he's "leaning" towards keeping the same starting lineup for Wednesday's game, meaning if Knight is able to go, he would come off the bench. We'll continue to monitor this situation closely, and owners can expect to get another update on Knight following Wednesday morning's shootaround. Stay tuned.
    Tuesday, 1:12 pm
    6:00 pm vs OKC
  • Damian Lillard won't use fatigue as excuse
    Damian Lillard refused to use fatigue as an excuse for the Blazers' recent struggles.

    Advice: "I’m fine," Lillard said. "I would tell you if I was worn down or [fatigued]. I got to play better. I don’t want to blame a four-game losing streak on, ‘I’m tired’ or ‘this is hurting or that’s hurting.’" With Nicolas Batum (back) and LaMarcus Aldridge (finger) hurting and unlikely for Tuesday's game, Lillard doesn't really have the luxury to consider a rest day with the Blazers fighting for a higher seed out West. If both Aldrige and Batum are indeed unavailable Tuesday, Lillard is going to have a lot of responsibilities on offense.
    Tuesday, 12:51 pm
  • Dwight Howard (knee) could return Wednesday
    Rockets' head coach Kevin McHale said he plans to play Dwight Howard (knee) Wednesday vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: Howard said he felt good following Tuesday's practice, and he will talk with the Rockets' medical staff tomorrow to determine his availability. Howard will likely return to the starting lineup, which would send Joey Dorsey back to the bench, and he could cut into the production of Josh Smith and Donatas Motiejunas. Dwight will more than likely have a minutes cap, so his upside is going to be limited, at least initially.
    Tuesday, 11:02 am
  • Gordon Hayward misses Tuesday practice
    Gordon Hayward (shoulder) missed Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: While this doesn't mean anything definitive, it certainly casts doubt on Hayward's availability for Wednesday's game against the Trail Blazers. With the Jazz having little to play for, we could see them take a cautious approach with their star over the last few weeks of the season. Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert would see a bump in fantasy value if Hayward sits on Wednesday, while Trey Burke, Rodney Hood, and Joe Ingles would all see a slight value boost as well.
    Tuesday, 10:57 am
  • Jameer Nelson could stay in Denver
    Jameer Nelson said he is thinking about picking up his option to remain in Denver for the 2015-16 season.

    Advice: While Nelson wasn't committal about his end-of-season plans, he didn't rule out remaining in Denver. "I wouldn’t mind staying here," Nelson said. "I’m not ready to make that decision just yet. I’ll make that decision with my agency and my family first and foremost when the time comes." While the 33-year-old has been playing well as of late, the rebuilding Nuggets may elect to rest him over the last few weeks of the season so his fantasy value is limited to deeper leagues as long as Ty Lawson is starting.
    Tuesday, 9:56 am
  • J.J. Barea will miss Tuesday's game vs Spurs
    J.J. Barea (ankle) will not play against the Spurs on Tuesday.

    Advice: "He’s out tonight for sure," Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle said. "And my understanding is it’s more of a day-to-day thing. Not serious. But he turned it over the other day in practice. He’s not ready to go yet." Devin Harris is in line to see a minutes boost against the Spurs, but he isn't a lock to play as he recovers from an illness, so we may get a look at Raymond Felton if Harris experiences a setback before tip-off.
    Tuesday, 9:26 am
    4:00 pm @ Ind
  • Adams impressed with Kanter's offense
    Steven Adams said he's been impressed with teammate Enes Kanter's offensive skills.

    Advice: Kanter is averaging 17.2 points and 10.5 rebounds in 14 games with the Thunder and his recent surge has not been lost on his teammate. "No, not at all," Adams said when asked if he knew that Kanter had this type of offensive skill. "I was like, ‘What? This is surprising.’ But I don’t know. He’s just a lot more comfortable here I think." While it would be nice for Kanter to improve his defensive stats, fantasy owners have to enjoy his nightly potential for a double-double.
    Tuesday, 7:44 am
  • Kris Humphries (groin) out again for Monday
    Kris Humphries (groin) will not play against the Warriors on Monday.

    Advice: He might miss the entire month of March and has been out since Feb. 26. Humphries can be ignored in most leagues. Marcin Gortat and Nene get a tough matchup tonight.
    Monday, 6:59 pm
  • Gordon Hayward (shoulder) out vs. Minnesota
    Gordon Hayward (shoulder) will not play against the Wolves on Monday.

    Advice: The Jazz will miss their leading scorer and will have to lean more on Trey Burke and Rodney Hood for more offense on the wing. Plus, they'll likely count on Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert more in their frontcourt for scoring. Hayward should be considered questionable to play on Wednesday.
    Monday, 4:14 pm
  • Cameron Bairstow out on Monday
    Cameron Bairstow (illness) is not available to play on Monday vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: He's actually started a game while the Bulls missed Joakim Noah, so this does have some fantasy implications. Expect more minutes going to Taj Gibson and Nikola Mirotic to get more run.
    Monday, 3:54 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge has index finger sprain
    LaMarcus Aldridge is dealing with a left index finger sprain and is doubtful to play on Tuesday.

    Advice: The good news is that this isn't another thumb injury for Aldridge. He is still not going to be in a rush to return to the lineup and his owners in weekly leagues should be expecting him to miss at least one game. With LMA out, it'll be Dorell Wright, Meyers Leonard and Joel Freeland filling in at power forward. C.J. McCollum may also be asked to help Damian Lillard with the scoring.
    Monday, 2:23 pm
  • J.J. Barea (ankle) already ruled out for Tues
    J.J. Barea (ankle) will not play against the Spurs on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's expected to miss multiple games due to his ankle sprain from Saturday's practice. Barea going down would have given more minutes to Devin Harris (illness), but he is also not 100 percent due to an illness. Raymond Felton could get some run as a backup for the Mavs.
    Monday, 11:54 am
    4:00 pm @ Ind
  • Gordon Hayward remains questionable Monday
    Gordon Hayward (shoulder) did not go through shootaround, and he remains questionable for Monday's game against the Timberwolves.

    Advice: Hayward was listed as questionable on Sunday, and the fact that he did not participate in shootaround is an ominous sign. If he can't give it a go, rookies Rodney Hood, Joe Ingles and Elijah Millsap will all have to step up in emphatic fashion.
    Monday, 10:48 am
  • Update: Dwight Howard ruled out on Monday
    Updating a previous item, Dwight Howard (knee) will not play on Monday.

    Advice: Howard had been listed as doubtful against the Pacers, but he was never expected to make his return on Monday. It remains possible for Dwight to re-debut on Wednesday against the Pelicans. Joey Dorsey is likely to draw the start at center again in Howard's place, but he's not a fantasy option.
    Mar 23, 9:54 am
  • Brook Lopez undecided about player option
    Brook Lopez said he's undecided about exercising his $16.7 million player option for next season.

    Advice: It's an interesting decision for the big man since he has a history of foot and ankle injuries and is unlikely to command that annual figure on the open market, but he would have no problem getting a multi-year commitment in free agency. If he does opt out, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him land elsewhere.
    Mar 23, 7:48 am
  • Report: Monta Ellis 'big part' of DAL problem
    Monta Ellis reportedly has "folks in the Mavs organization" worried about his impact on "the team's soul."

    Advice: Specifically, these organizational members "have been fretting for weeks about the impact Ellis' moodiness" has on the club. This sounds like a complete cop out in an effort to make Ellis the fall guy for the Mavs struggles, and that's a bad look all the way around. Ellis still leads the NBA with 118 clutch points, but he has struggled since the All-Star break with averages of just 16.3 points, 3.3 assists and 2.1 steals on 38.9 percent shooting.
    Mar 23, 6:42 am
    4:00 pm @ Ind
  • Jusuf Nurkic fouls out in 25 minutes vs. ORL
    Jusuf Nurkic fouled out in 25 minutes during Sunday's game, which he finished with 11 points, six rebounds, one assist and three steals.

    Advice: Fouls have been a concern for Nurkic all season and they reared their ugly head again tonight, restricting him to mediocre value. His 5-of-7 shooting was tainted by a 1-of-4 mark at the FT line, but owners should still be mildly encouraged by tonight's performance -- he's poised for as many minutes as he can handle in the coming weeks and is a reliable source of FG percentage, rebounds and blocks.
    Mar 22, 6:00 pm
  • Will Barton chips in across the board Sunday
    Will Barton had 11 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals off the bench vs. Orlando on Sunday.

    Advice: Randy Foye was out with a stomach illness, setting up Barton for a solid game but instead he played only 25 minutes, much of which came during garbage time. He has had a few offensive explosions since the All-Star break and does just enough to hold steady late-round value in most leagues.
    Mar 22, 5:59 pm
  • Jameer Nelson (hip) posts 15 pts, five dimes
    Jameer Nelson (hip) returned on Sunday with 15 points, three 3-pointers, five assists and one steal in just 17 minutes of action.

    Advice: Nelson's value is severely capped as long as Ty Lawson is healthy, but he's playing well and is a decent short-term option given his averages over the past six games -- 14.2 points on 53.1 percent shooting, 2.7 threes, 3.2 assists and 0.5 steals. Just be aware that Nelson may sit out as a precaution on either Friday (Mar. 27) or Saturday (Mar. 28).
    Mar 22, 5:57 pm
  • Brandon Knight (ankle) will not play Sunday
    Brandon Knight (ankle) will not play on Sunday vs. the Mavericks.

    Advice: He was considered doubtful, so there are no real surprises here. Knight is progressing well and was doing a lot of work out on the court prior to the game, so it looks like we could see him return to action on Wednesday vs. the Kings. Marcus Morris will remain in the starting lineup tonight and is worth deploying in all leagues.
    Mar 22, 5:54 pm
    6:00 pm vs OKC
  • J.J. Barea (ankle) has no timetable to return
    Head coach Rick Carlisle said that J.J. Barea's ankle injury isn't too serious, but he said there is no timetable for his return.

    Advice: Barea sprained his ankle at practice Saturday and isn't even traveling with the team, so we will go ahead and consider him doubtful for Tuesday's game vs. the Spurs. We will track Barea's status closely, but it's safe to drop him in most leagues. Devin Harris will get some more ball-handling responsibilities off the bench following this news and is worth a look in deeper leagues.
    Mar 22, 4:47 pm
    4:00 pm @ Ind
  • Enes Kanter puts up big double-double Sunday
    Enes Kanter got it done on Sunday, scoring a game-high 27 points on 12-of-20 shooting, to go with 12 rebounds, one steal and two turnovers through 34 minutes of action.

    Advice: Kanter was also a perfect 3-of-3 from the charity stripe, and he appears to have found his home in Oklahoma. Kanter's numbers are up across the board since arriving in OKC, as he's averaging 16.5 points and 10.4 rebounds per game on an impressive 55.9 percent shooting from the field. He doesn't do a lot aside from score and rebound, but with zero competition for minutes, he'll continue to be a double-double threat on a nightly basis. Keep rolling him out there.
    Mar 22, 4:06 pm
  • Steven Adams puts up low-end double-double
    Steven Adams double-doubled on Sunday with 10 points on 5-of-10 shooting, 10 rebounds, one block and one turnover through 31 minutes of action.

    Advice: With Nick Collison (ankle) and Serge Ibaka (knee) on the shelf, Adams has zero competition for minutes, and he's worth owning in most leagues. He's not going to score a lot, and he'll hurt you in the free throw category, but his solid contributions in rebounding and shot blocking will sustain his value.
    Mar 22, 4:00 pm
  • Kris Humphries (groin) is inactive on Sunday
    Kris Humphries (groin) is inactive for Sunday's game vs. the Kings.

    Advice: There hasn't been a lot of information on Humphries' recovery and it's possible he sits out through the end of March. Humphries shouldn't be owners in just about any league right now, and his absence has opened up more minutes for Drew Gooden and Kevin Seraphin off the bench.
    Mar 22, 3:06 pm
  • Randy Foye (illness) will not play Sunday
    Randy Foye will reportedly sit out Sunday's game due to a stomach illness.

    Advice: This news breaks an hour before tip-off, giving owners a short window to plug in a replacement guard. Will Barton and Gary Harris should gain the most in his absence, with Harris a likely starter. Foye has been terrific in a starting role lately, averaging 18.3 points and 3.7 triples over his past three games, so this is a tough break for fantasy owners relying on him in a playoff matchup. Consider him questionable to return on Wednesday vs. the 76ers.
    Mar 22, 1:55 pm
  • Enes Kanter (ankle) will play vs. the Heat
    Enes Kanter (ankle) will be in the starting lineup vs. the Heat on Sunday.

    Advice: Kanter was able to go through practice on Saturday and his ankle reportedly responded well, so there is no reason to think that he will have any limitations. With Serge Ibaka ruled out indefinitely with a knee injury, Kanter will be a must-start option for the foreseeable future. Mitch McGary will shift to the bench and can be dropped in most leagues.
    Mar 22, 10:20 am
  • Damian Lillard scores 27 points with 7 dimes
    Damian Lillard scored 27 points with three rebounds, seven assists and two 3-pointers on 8-of-18 from the field during a 97-86 loss to the Grizzlies.

    Advice: He might have to be Russell Westbrook with all of these injuries. Lillard does a lot of work in isolation, but not having LaMarcus Aldridge (thumb) for spacing will likely hurt his efficiency. Obviously, the usage should offset that. He'll be fine regardless.
    Mar 21, 8:32 pm
  • Arron Afflalo scores eight points
    Arron Afflalo scored eight points on 3-of-6 from the field and 2-of-3 from the line with three rebounds, one assist and three fouls.

    Advice: Even with all the injuries, Afflalo still can't produce. He somehow only put up a 9.8 usage rate tonight, which makes his position of shooting guard a complete misnomer. His ceiling will be raised with all of these injuries, but there's no need to be proactive in adding him right now based on how poorly he's played.
    Mar 21, 8:17 pm
  • David West scores 13 points vs. Nets
    David West scored 13 points with four rebounds, four assists and one turnover in 28 minutes against the Nets on Saturday.

    Advice: He had an illness and wasn't quite as aggressive after missing most of Friday's game. The Pacers are off on Sunday, so expect West to improve against the Rockets on Monday.
    Mar 21, 7:10 pm
  • Brook Lopez scores 26 points in a win
    Brook Lopez scored 26 points against the Pacers on Saturday with four rebounds and four blocks in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He didn't have an 18-board game like Friday, but there has been an upward trend in his rebounds lately. According to the Nets' broadcast, Lopez said he's better on the glass with Thaddeus Young out there spacing the floor. Whatever it is, Lopez is playing great right now and is a must-start player.
    Mar 21, 6:57 pm
  • David West (illness) will play on Saturday
    David West (illness) will play against the Nets on Saturday.

    Advice: He had an illness on Friday and could not return. West should be right back to around 30 minutes per game tonight, but there's a little risk to using him because he was questionable to play today. He has been struggling mightily lately but he's still worth starting in all standard leagues.
    Mar 21, 2:32 pm
  • J.J. Barea (ankle) out for Sunday night
    J.J. Barea sprained his left ankle at practice on Saturday and will not play against the Suns on Sunday.

    Advice: He didn't even travel, so he could miss Tuesday at home against the Spurs. With Barea out, Devin Harris should play more and Monta Ellis should get a little more ball-handling chances. Barea is not worth owning in most leagues.
    Mar 21, 12:29 pm
    4:00 pm @ Ind
  • Enes Kanter has a chance to play Sunday
    Enes Kanter (ankle) was moving around at practice on Saturday and has a chance to play against the Heat on Sunday.

    Advice: Well, this would be a welcomed sight. The Thunder lost Nick Collison (ankle) for 10 days, so they're down to just two healthy big men in Steven Adams and Mitch McGary. If Kanter can't give it a go, OKC will use a number of smaller lineups because of McGary being out of place so often on defense. Perry Jones may get some run at power forward, but the main beneficiaries will be Adams, Anthony Morrow and Dion Waiters. Russell Westbrook might score 50, of course. Kanter is worth stashing with Kevin Durant (foot) out indefinitely.
    Mar 21, 11:15 am
  • Nelson (hip) does not play on Friday vs. MIA
    Jameer Nelson (hip) did not play on Friday against the Heat.

    Advice: Nelson is a candidate for rest down the stretch but he has been a solid late-round play over the last two weeks, averaging 12.7 points with 2.3 treys, 2.6 boards, 2.9 assists and 51.4 percent shooting from the field. The shooting is likely to cool off at some point, but achieving this value in just 23.3 minutes per game at least gives him a shot to be productive down the stretch. Not a must-own player, he's worth a look if you need help in his proficient areas.
    Mar 21, 5:58 am
  • Adams goes for 12 and 16 with 2 STLs, 2 BLKs
    Steven Adams scored 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting with 16 rebounds, two steals and two blocks in Friday's win over the Hawks.

    Advice: With or without Enes Kanter around Adams has shown enough production to be owned in all standard formats.
    Mar 20, 11:19 pm
  • Waiters scores season-high 26 points vs. ATL
    Dion Waiters scored a season-high 26 points on Friday against the Hawks, hitting 11-of-18 shots (including two threes) with three rebounds, two assists, one steal and two blocks in 37 minutes.

    Advice: If Waiters is going to get this much playing time then he might be worth a look, but chances are that Enes Kanter will return to steal some touches and cap off any theoretic upside that Waiters might have. It was easily his best game of the year but we're just not convinced he can get it done in a standard league.
    Mar 20, 11:17 pm
  • Pero Antic scores career-high 22 points
    Pero Antic scored a career-high 22 points on Friday, hitting 6-of-9 shots (including four threes) with three rebounds and one assist in 20 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Antic probably has more value helping his girlfriend Chloe and the associates at CTU chase down supervillains than he does in most fantasy leagues.
    Mar 20, 10:58 pm
  • Nurkic ties career-high with 16 points
    Jusuf Nurkic tied a career-high with 16 points against the Heat on Friday, hitting 7-of-10 shots with seven rebounds, two steals and one block in 30 minutes.

    Advice: The warts are still there with four turnovers and five fouls on the night, but he stayed on the floor and saved his fantasy value in the process. His upside is readily apparent and he should be picked up if he was dropped.
    Mar 20, 10:27 pm
  • Barton quiet but still versatile on Friday
    Will Barton scored seven points on 2-of-5 shooting (including a three) with two rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block in 17 minutes off the bench on Friday.

    Advice: If Barton can rack up the money stats like this on bad nights he'll be set, and he's still pushing top-70 value this past week despite two low-minute outings in a row. He'll probably need some injuries ahead of him to feel good about his role, but consistency isn't an issue as he has been a top 90-100 player for 16 games now.
    Mar 20, 10:21 pm
  • Brook Lopez here, there and everywhere in win
    Brook Lopez turned in his best game of the season during a 129-127 triple-overtime win over the Bucks on Friday, scoring 32 points with 18 boards, two assists and five blocks in 42 minutes.

    Advice: He's the first player this season to drop a 30-15 line with five blocks and his boards were a season high. Lopez was already fairly hot before this game, averaging 15.3 points, 8.7 boards, 1.4 blocks and 0.6 steals in his previous March games. The Nets do get a back-to-back road game in Indiana, so fantasy owners with an older Net on their roster might want to make sure their guy(s) are good to go.
    Mar 20, 9:56 pm
  • Arron Afflalo has a bad night in Orlando
    Arron Afflalo didn't play well against one of his former teams in Orlando on Friday with seven points, three rebounds and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes.

    Advice: It hasn't gone well for him. Afflalo doesn't have a single steal in any of his last five games, averaging 13.2 points, 2.6 boards, 0.2 blocks and 2.6 treys on 42.6 percent from the field in that span. He's losing some playing time now and it's really hard to hold a guy who has yet to make a splash since joining the team. If there's something promising on the wire, cutting Afflalo makes sense.
    Mar 20, 6:46 pm
  • David West leaves game early due to illness
    David West left Friday's game due to an illness and did not return.

    Advice: West had to race back to the locker room and after that his night was done. He finished with two points on 1-of-7 shooting, four rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block. It's actually not a bad per-minute line, but with the slump he's going through owners' patience is being tried these days. Somebody performing below 12-14 team levels is hard to call a must-own player, but theoretically he should be able to hold down some late-round numbers.
    Mar 20, 6:25 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic listed as the starter vs. Heat
    Jusuf Nurkic is listed as the starter against the Heat on Friday.

    Advice: After not logging a single second in the first half of Thursday, Nurkic will take Danilo Gallinari's (rest) spot in the starting lineup. Nurkic has admitted he wasn't at 100 percent, so he'll look to get more than 22 minutes for the first time since Feb. 22. There's a lot of risk in starting him, but the upside is far too much too ignore. He's worth owning in most leagues with tonight serving as a huge night for his value going forward.
    Mar 20, 3:12 pm
  • Kris Humphries (groin) out again Friday night
    Kris Humphries (groin) will not play against the Clippers on Friday.

    Advice: The team continues to rule him out early and we might not see him on the court for the rest of the month. The Wizards are playing some terrific ball without him and their frontcourt guys should bounce back from some quiet lines against the Jazz on Wednesday.
    Mar 20, 11:49 am
  • Jameer Nelson (hip) questionable Friday
    Jameer Nelson (hip) is being listed as questionable for Friday's game vs. Miami.

    Advice: If Nelson is unable to go, Ty Lawson and Randy Foye will get all the run they can handle, with Will Barton and Gary Harris having the opportunity for extended minutes off the bench. Stay tuned.
    Mar 20, 10:08 am
  • Enes Kanter (ankle) out Friday vs. the Hawks
    Enes Kanter (ankle) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: With Kanter, Serge Ibaka (knee), and Kevin Durant (foot) all out tonight, Russell Westbrook is going to be ridiculous. With regards to the frontcourt, Steven Adams, Nick Collison, and Mitch McGary will all be in line for extended minutes, with Adams offering the most upside out of the group. McGary will be an intriguing name to monitor, but after Scott Brooks limited him to just six minutes during his Wednesday’s game, he remains a very risky option in daily leagues. We'll consider Kanter questionable for Sunday's game vs. Miami.
    Mar 20, 9:51 am
  • Jusuf Nurkic plays 12 minutes in second half
    Jusuf Nurkic didn't get any playing time in the first half against the Rockets on Thursday, playing 12 minutes in the second half for three points, three boards, one steal and one block.

    Advice: He admitted his ankle is only 70 percent and maybe that's why his minutes were down. As much as we love his upside, it's going to be tough to own Nurkic with such little playing time. Most of his fantasy owners should give him another chance on Friday night against the Heat.
    Mar 19, 8:58 pm
  • Randy Foye scores 23 points vs. Rockets
    Randy Foye was aggressive against the Rockets on Thursday with 23 points, two rebounds, six assists, one steal and five 3-pointers on 9-of-19 from the field.

    Advice: He rested on Sunday and scored 16 points on Monday while others were resting, so there's a chance Foye rests on Friday at Miami. It's tough to project what the Nuggets are going to do, but the coaches and the players voicing their displeasure make it less likely they rest guys. If Foye plays on Friday, he should be starting in most formats.
    Mar 19, 8:54 pm
  • Will Barton slows down on Thursday
    Will Barton scored just three points with five rebounds, one steal and two turnovers on 1-of-6 from the field in 19 minutes against the Rockets on Thursday.

    Advice: That's two really bad games in a row following his 1-of-5 from the field on Monday. Barton had a 25-point game on Sunday and his value is going to be a roller coaster going forward. The Nuggets are on the second half of a road-road back-to-back on Friday, so maybe the front offices rests guys again like they did on Monday. He's not a must-own player, but there is some reward to go with the risk, obviously.
    Mar 19, 8:35 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic says his ankle is at 70 percent
    Jusuf Nurkic said that his ankle is currently only 70 percent healthy, but he hopes to get it close to 100 percent by next week.

    Advice: Nurkic has cleared been limited by his sore ankle, averaging just 4.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 0.7 blocks per game since returning from the injury. However, he'll continue to fight through the pain, and will be active for Thursday's game vs. the Rockets. He does offer a lot of upside, but with the fantasy playoffs in full swing, he's not a must-own guy in standard leagues.
    Mar 19, 11:51 am
  • Enes Kanter (ankle) misses practice Thursday
    Enes Kanter (ankle) did not participate during Thursday's practice, and head coach Scott Brooks said if there were a game today, Kanter would not suit up.

    Advice: We'll be considering Kanter questionable for Friday's game vs. the Hawks, and if he's unable to go, Steven Adams, Nick Collison, and Mitch McGary would get all the run they can handle. Owners can expect to get another update on Kanter's status following Friday morning's shootaround. Stay tuned.
    Mar 19, 11:14 am
  • Steven Adams double-doubles vs. Celtics
    Steven Adams had 14 points, 13 rebounds and two steals on 5-of-9 shooting in 38 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: Enes Kanter had 22 points and 10 boards on 10-of-13 shooting before going down with a sprained ankle, and Serge Ibaka may not play again until the playoffs after knee surgery. Pick. Adams. Up.
    Mar 18, 9:55 pm
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